SUTRA - The Thread

Shruti Foundation is delighted to introduce "SUTRA - the thread" - its quarterly journal for research on Education, Psychology, Traditional Sciences and Systems, Health and Consciousness, launched on January 4, 2008 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. We were deeply honored to have SUTRA launched by Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan who in her unique, inimitable way illumined us on the deeper significance of the word "SUTRA" and thus, even as she blessed it, made us aware of the responsibilities and challenges for the journal as it traces its path forward. Dr. Karan Singh then enthralled us all with his Keynote address which was enthusiastically received by the diverse international audience present at the event. This was followed by an enlightening and lively panel discussion on "Spiritual Education and its impact on Civilizations".


Launch of Sutra

SUTRA is reaching out to a vast number of libraries besides spiritual, educational, scientific and other institutions of India and the world. It also reaches out to eminent practitioners, researchers and scholars, corporate houses, NGOs, artists, as well as women and youth groups internationally. We wish give the youth a platform in SUTRA as well, since we have tremendous faith and hope in their vision and ability.

Many eminent practitioners and scholars from around the world have contributed their writings for SUTRA. Some of them are Dr. BKS Iyengar, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan , Dr. Karan Singh, . Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Dr. Kireet Joshi, Dr. J.J. Boeles (Thailand), Smt. Jaya Jaitley, Shovana Narayan, Dr. Arvind Sharma(Canada), Dr. Subhash Kak(USA), and others.

The themes for the quarterly issues of SUTRA- the thread in 2008 are:

Volume 1 - January 08: Spirituality – Experience, Psychology, Epistemology.
Offerings in Volume I January 2008

  1. The Spirit of Human Life and Society  
    Sri Aurobindo Words from Essays on the Gita
  2. From Dejection to Action: The Transformation of Arjuna and Yudhishthira
    Dr. Kavita A. Sharma
  3. Value-Oriented Education for Teachers and the need for a new system of Education
    Dr Kireet Joshi
  4. ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Science’
    Kapil Kapoor
  5. Myth of Hindu Sameness
    Rajiv Malhotra
  6. The Location of the Hindu Doctrine of the Ten Senses (Indriyas) in Modern Psychophysiology
    Prof Arvind Sharma
  7. A New Political System for India- A Spiritual Perspective
    Kittu Reddy
  8. Quiet Life of Wisdom in Language and Fairy Tales:
    Svarog and Koschei
    Tonu R. Soidla
  9. The Shântî Pâth & Cantor’s Infinities
    Ravi Khanna
  10. A Vision for Psychology
    Juliet Rohde-Brown 
  11. The Physics of Sachchidânanda
    Ulrich Mohrhoff
  12. Relationship between Big Five Personality and Constructs of Positive Psychology
    Kamlesh Singh
  13. Spirituality- A Personal Experience
    Suresh Neotia
  14. “Ideas, Perceptions and Visions”: An Analysis of Psychology of the Modern Youth and its Relationship with Spirituality
    Neha Chaturvedi
  15. SITTING CLOSE TO DIVINITY – The Feel of the Isha Upanshad

Volume 2 - April 08: Education and Traditional Knowledge Systems.
Offerings in Volume II April 2008

  1. Kapilaji’s Address at the Launch of Sutra
  2. Yoga: The Eternal Light of Knowledge and Wisdom
    Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar
  3. Education for Shared Values for Inter-cultural and Inter-Religious Understanding
    Dr. Karan Singh
  4. Crafting an Education for the Educated
    Jaya Jaitly
  5. Concept of Integral Education
    Manoj Das
  6. Eighteen-Year Eclipse Period Number 3339 In The Rgveda
    Prof. R.N. Iyengar
  7. Communication, Development And Relationships
    S.C. Malik
  8. Non-Literate Traditional KnowledgeSystems and the Himalayan Folklore
    D.P. Agrawal
  9. Classical Indian Art Theory and Its Present Day Worth
    Bharat Gupt
  10. Jainism Principles and Knowledge Systems
    Rajesh Shah
  11. Training The Mind Through Narratives
    Silky Khanna
  12. The Upanishadic Knowledge System and Its Relevance for Today
    Gunhild Jellinek
  13. Spiritual Education: The Right Path For Attaining
    World Peace And Unity
  14. Prof. Akbar Husain

Volume 3 - July 08: Rūpa-Pratíka: Form, Symbol And Beyond.
Offerings in Volume III July 2008

  1. Savitri - A Legend and A Symbol (Introduction)
    Sri Aurobindo
  2. The Migration of the Magic Syllable OṂ
    J.J. Boeles (Adapted by Shruti)
  3. The Indian Arts: Their Ideational Background and Principles of Form
    Kapila Vatsyayan
  4. Śri Cakra
    Subhash Kak
  5. Meenakshi
    Jayshree Poddar
  6. The Science of Shape Grammar in Indian Iconography: – The Case of Vastu Purusha Mandala
    Joy Sen, PhD
  7. On the Vedic Symbolism in the Light of Sri Aurobindo
    Vladimir Yatsenko
  8. The Power of Symbols
    Ajay Poddar
  9. The Reforming Spirit of Kālacakra
    Edward Henning
  10. Form, Symbol and Sustainable Strategies for City Development
    Anil Laul
  11. Form, Symbol and Beyond: Kathak
    Shovana Narayan

Volume 4 - October 08: Indic Systems of Psychology, Health and Consciousness.
Offerings in Volume IV October 2008

  1. Theo-diversity and Humane Values
    Lokesh Chandra
  2. A Greater Psychology of Man
    Alok Pandey
  3. Kundalini Yoga, Brahmacarya and the Far-reaches of Human
    Stuart Sovatsky
  4. Integral Psychology: A Perspective Past and Future
    Aster Mira Patel
  5. Bhakti and Well-Being: A Psychologist’s Perspective
    Suneet Varma
  6. Business spirituality: Deep-Structure Indian Ethos and Western
    Focus Driven Spirituality
    Sharda Nandram
  7. Towards Understanding Chakravartin Satyam
    Upendra Baxi
  8. Silencing the Mind: Sri Aurobindo’s first major spiritual realisation
  9. Self and Non Self: An Approach to Buddhist Psychotherapy
    Prahlad Singh Shekhawat
  10. Patañjali’s Aṣṭaṅga Yoga
  11. Isha Yadav and Silky Khanna

Volume 5: Shakti Idea, Movement and Menifestation

 Section 1
  1. Sakti and Saktism
  2. Vedic Manifestations of Sakti
  3. India Through its Sakti Pithas
  4. Forms of Sakti in Lalita Sahasranama
    Adapted from M.P. Pandit’s Writtings
Section 2
  1. The Idea and Manifestations of Sakti: An Overview
    Madhu Khanna
  2. Matrika Sakti as Explained in the Saktopaya of the Shiva Sutras
    Ravi Khanna
  3. Goddesses as the Smile of Life
    Lokesh Chandra
  4. Sakti and Sunyata
    Silky Khanna

Volume 6: Shakti In War, Leadership and Society


  1. Hymn to Durga
    Sri Aurobindo
  2. The Allegory in Durga-Saptasati
    I.K. Taimini
  3. Indian WomanBaroness
    Shreela Flather
  4. MAHASAKTIS And the Human Archetypes
    Lady Shruti Rana
  5. Sakti and Mindfulness in Leadership
    Dr. Sharda S. Nandram
  6. Sakti, War and Peace: Performances on Draupadi and Kaikeyi
    Geeta Chandran
  7. Sakti and Leadership
    Rekha Modi
  8. ‘Sakti’ as a Concept of Technology Enabled Power Emerging From Scriptures of Ancient India
    Abhishek Syal

Volume 7: Integral, Artistic and Traditional Knowledge Systems in Education Culture (TKS)

  1. Culture and Science
    Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan
  2. Development of “Extended Logic” and “Self-Confidence” Through Arts Education: A Lack and a Need for Singapore’s Creative Economy
    Kay Kok Chung Oi
  3. New Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobinbdo’s Interpretation
    Zafar Haider Gilani
  4. Vedic Psychology in the Light of Sri Aurobinbdi’s Interpretation
    Dr. Anuradha Choudry
  5. Rethinking Education in the Light of a Traditional Knowledge System
    Tejinder Walia
  6. Rebuilding Modern Educaiton Perspectives from Traditional Knowledge Systems
    Jayanti Ranganathan Chavan
  7. Maximizing the Demographic Dividend for India: Equipping the Indian Youth with Vocational Skills 
    Dr Sharda Nandram
  8. An Overview of Education Today
    Pawan K. Gupta
  9. Education and Character Development: A perspective of Ancient Sanskrit Literature
    Dr Asha Lata Pandey
  10. Academic Certification of the Indigenous Art Practices 
    Debjani Roy 

Volume 8: Revisting Education Culture Learning and Training Formats for Human Empowrment

  1. The Cycle of Society (Excerpt from the Human Cycle)
    Sri Aurobindo
  2. Education and Pedagogy in Taittiriya upnishad 
    Excerpt from Book by Kireet Joshi
  3. WE-ASC World Education Culture Congress 2011-Report and Recommendations
    Compiled and Edited by Lady Shruti Rana
  4. Education: Left Brain or Whole Brain? It’s a No-Brainer 
    Stan Giles
  5. Towards a New Educational Strategy 
    Joseph Jordania, PhD
  6. The Criticality of Life Skills in Education
    Sneha Madiath and Meghana Oza
  7. A Tale of Two Countries: Globalized Educational Reform For The “Public Good”?
    Dr. Barbara Torre Veltri and Navin Kumar Singh
  8. Experiments in knowledge Creation
    Arthur Male
  9. Developing Holistic Training Formats for Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
    Hemalata Honwad
  10. Intangible Cultural Heritage in Education – Film Making as a Tool for Self Expression and Exploration
    Mandakini Mathur

Volume 9: Revisting Education Culture Pedagogy, Curriculum Development and Training

  1. Creative Persuasion: Rhetorical Strategies for Speaking Across Borders
    Melanie Carter
  2. Religious and Values Education in a Multi-Religious, Multi-Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Society
    Prof. Yaacov J. Katz
  3. “Mirror, My Mirror”-An Identity Study Case 
    Prof. Claudia Vaz 
  4. Enterpreneurship Promoting Educaiton and its Philosophical Background 
    Prof. Tatjana Koke and DarineOganisjana
  5. Changing Educational Conceptions. Historical and Sociological Model
    Fernando Serra
  6. Character Development-Integral Part of Educaiton
    Suhas Vasudeo chavan
  7. Sport For Development – Bringing about a Paradigm Shift 
    Alka Sesha
  8. A New Concept in Fashion Design Education: “CREATIVITY”
    Ayla Canay
  9. Institutional Pedagogy and Training E-Teachers: Engineering in Web 2.0
    E. Duplaa, T. Sirota, N. Abdalla, D. Raymond And K. Fodil
  10. Moving from “Flood Our School” to “Islands of Success” Conception
    Prof. Baruch Offir

Volume 10: Faculty Development, Management And Leadership in Education 


  1. A System of National Education by Sri Aurobindo 
    Prof. Manoj Das
  2. Gandhi’s Views on Education
  3. An Overview of Education Today
    Pawan K. Gupta
  4. New Paradigms and Models of Education
    Jahnavi Mehta
  5. Collaborative Strategies to Build Capacity in Educational Organizations
    Dilmit Singh
  6. Role of Documentation in Training of Skills and Sustainable Development
    Meghna Patel
  7. Education of School Leaders-From their Educational Needs to Training Models
    Professor Sefika Alibabic
  8. Equitable Education for all: A challenge of the 21st Century
    Marie Josee Berger
  9. Supporting Classroom Teachers through Language and Literacy Strategies
    Linda Sue Sickman
    Nancy A. Creaghead
  10. Competitive Advantage of Economic Studies Majors Within a Technical University Curriculum
    Prof. Ing. Gustav Tomek
    Doc. Ing. Vera Vavrova


Volume 11: Education and Empowerment for Disadvantaged Groups

  1. Girl-Child Domestic Labour: A Barrier to Girl-Child Access to Basic Education in Nigeria.
    Dr.(Mrs.) Chioma I. Ihebereme
  2. Preschool Training for Children with Special Needs: A Proposed Framework
    Ms. Anagha Ashok Dehadrai, Dr.K.S. Prema
  3. Out-of School Children: Research and Strategic Imperatives for Combating the Threat of Educational Exclusion in Sub Saharan Africa.
    Professor Boniface G. Nworgu
  4. Education and Character Development
    Deepa Avashia
  5. Gender, Education and Equality in Kenya: A Different Emphasis on the March to Kenya’s Vision 2030
    Prof. Helen Omondi Mondoh
  6. Gender Issues in Higher Education: The Case of the Academic Profession in South Africa
    Professor L.G. Higgs, Professor P. Higgs, Professor I. M. Ntshoe, Professor C. C. Solhuter
  7. Analysis of the Position of Women’s Education in Iran during the past One Hundred Years “An Interdisciplinary Approach”
    Dr. Tahereh Mirsardoo
  8. The Feminine Voices in the Pedagogical Congresses of Portugueses Secondary Teaching (1927- 1928)
    Bento Cavadas, Anabela Mimoso

Volume 12: Evaluation, Accreditation And Education Paradigms for The Future

  1. Models of Accreditation in Education Intended for Different Target Groups.
    Aleksandra Pejatovic
  2. Is English Medium Education the Inevitable Path for India’s Development?
    Sankrant Sanu
  3. Making Learning visible.
    Veena P. Das
  4. Accreditation for Work and Social Experience for Individuals: Between New Form of Enabling Evaluation and Constraining Accreditation.
    Pascal Lafont and Marcel Pariat
  5. The Education of the Future and the Future of Education in Mexico.
    Jose G. Vargas Hernandez
  6. Use of Innovative Technologies in Educational Process.
    N.S. Baimuldina, M. N. Maikotov, S. D. Belgozhaeva, A. Erdeneeva
  7. A Better Approach to Comprehend Grade Point Averages.
    Sameer Soni, Arindam Sarkar
  8. Education Evolves from Information to Transformation.
    Sadhudasa Anudasa
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